We seem to have collected all the big birds who have pushed out all the little birds. I barely see any of the finches or Chipper Sparrows. We see Brown-Headed Cowbirds, Black-Capped Catbirds, Blue Jays and the larger woodpeckers, the Hairy and the Red-Belly. This Hairy Woodpecker is a female. You can tell because she doesn’t have a red patch on her head. The boys do. Otherwise, they look the same.
Woodpeckers are the only birds that will usually make the Cowbirds scatter. The Catbirds and Blue Jays can muscle them out of the way, but the woodpeckers, with their powerful beaks and double-layered skulls make them back off and wait until the woodpeckers are done eating.
Woodpeckers eat a lot and slowly. It’s how I manage to get dozens of pictures of them in just a few minutes. When they have settled down to eating, they don’t leave the feeder until they are finished, including dessert and coffee.